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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339992/rheumatoid-arthritis-specific-cardiovascular-risk-scores-are-not-superior-to-general-risk-scores-a-validation-analysis-of-patients-from-seven-countries
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Cynthia S Crowson, Sherine E Gabriel, Anne Grete Semb, Piet L C M van Riel, George Karpouzas, Patrick H Dessein, Carol Hitchon, Virginia Pascual-Ramos, George D Kitas
Objectives.: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk calculators developed for the general population do not accurately predict CVD events in patients with RA. We sought to externally validate risk calculators recommended for use in patients with RA including the EULAR 1.5 multiplier, the Expanded Cardiovascular Risk Prediction Score for RA (ERS-RA) and QRISK2. Methods.: Seven RA cohorts from UK, Norway, Netherlands, USA, South Africa, Canada and Mexico were combined...
March 8, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337251/pentaerythritol-tetranitrate-in-vivo-treatment-improves-oxidative-stress-and-vascular-dysfunction-by-suppression-of-endothelin-1-signaling-in-monocrotaline-induced-pulmonary-hypertension
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Sebastian Steven, Matthias Oelze, Moritz Brandt, Elisabeth Ullmann, Swenja Kröller-Schön, Tjebo Heeren, Lan P Tran, Steffen Daub, Mobin Dib, Dirk Stalleicken, Philip Wenzel, Thomas Münzel, Andreas Daiber
Objective. Oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction contribute to pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The role of the nitrovasodilator pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) on endothelial function and oxidative stress in PAH has not yet been defined. Methods and Results. PAH was induced by monocrotaline (MCT, i.v.) in Wistar rats. Low (30 mg/kg; MCT30), middle (40 mg/kg; MCT40), or high (60 mg/kg; MCT60) dose of MCT for 14, 28, and 42 d was used. MCT induced endothelial dysfunction, pulmonary vascular wall thickening, and fibrosis, as well as protein tyrosine nitration...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335793/thrombus-leukocytes-exhibit-more-endothelial-cell-specific-angiogenic-markers-than-peripheral-blood-leukocytes-do-in-acute-coronary-syndrome-patients-suggesting-a-possibility-of-trans-differentiation-a-comprehensive-database-mining-study
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Hangfei Fu, Nish Vadalia, Eric R Xue, Candice Johnson, Luqiao Wang, William Y Yang, Claudette Sanchez, Jun Nelson, Qian Chen, Eric T Choi, Jian-Xing Ma, Jun Yu, Hong Wang, Xiaofeng Yang
BACKGROUND: Current angiogenic therapies for cancers and cardiovascular diseases have not yet achieved expected benefits, which reflects the need for improved understanding of angiogenesis. In this study, we focused on solving the problem of whether tissues have different angiogenic potentials (APs) in physiological conditions and how angiogenesis is regulated in various disease conditions. METHODS: In healthy and diseased human and mouse tissues, we profiled the expression of 163 angiogenic genes, including transcription regulators (TRs), growth factors and receptors (GF/Rs), cytokines and chemokines (C/Cs), and proteases and inhibitors (P/Is)...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329317/patient-prosthesis-mismatch-in-new-generation-trans-catheter-heart-valves-a-propensity-score-analysis
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Alexis Theron, Johan Pinto, Dominique Grisoli, Karolina Griffiths, Erwan Salaun, Nicolas Jaussaud, Eléonore Ravis, Marc Lambert, Lyna Messous, Cecile Amanatiou, Thomas Cuisset, Vlad Gariboldi, Roch Giorgi, Gilbert Habib, Frederic Collart
Aims: When compared with the former Sapien XT (XT-THV), the Sapien 3 trans-catheter heart valve (S3-THV) embeds an outer annular sealing cuff to prevent para-valvular regurgitation (PVR). The consequences of this new feature on valve haemodynamics have never been evaluated. We aimed to compare both types of prostheses regarding patient-prosthesis mismatch (PPM). Methods and results: Patients who underwent a TAVR for aortic stenosis were retrospectively included...
February 27, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324989/non-contact-real-time-estimation-of-intrapulmonary-pressure-and-tidal-volume-for-chronic-heart-failure-patients
#5
Vinh Phuc Tran, Adel Ali Al-Jumaily
Long-term continuous patient monitoring is required in many health systems for monitoring and analytical diagnosing purposes. It has been recognized that these types of monitoring systems have shortcomings related to patient comfort and/or functionality. Non-contact monitoring systems have been developed to address some of these shortcomings. One of such systems is non-contact physiological vital signs assessments for Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) patients. This paper presents a novel pulmonary ventilation model that defines the relationship between the intrapulmonary pressure and the chest displacement...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316086/cardiac-fibrosis-in-the-ageing-heart-contributors-and-mechanisms
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Lu Lu, Jingbin Guo, Yue Hua, Kevin Huang, Ruth Magaye, Jake Cornell, Darren J Kelly, Christopher Reid, Danny Liew, Yingchun Zhou, Aihua Chen, Wei Xiao, Qiang Fu, Bing Hui Wang
Cardiac fibrosis refers to an excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) in cardiac tissue. Fibrotic tissue is stiffer and less compliant, resulting in subsequent cardiac dysfunction and heart failure. Cardiac fibrosis in the ageing heart may involve activation of fibrogenic signalling and inhibition of anti-fibrotic signalling, leading to an imbalance of ECM turnover. Excessive accumulation of ECM such as collagen in older patients contributes to progressive ventricular dysfunction. Overexpression of collagen is derived from various sources, including higher levels of fibrogenic growth factors, proliferation of fibroblasts and cellular trans-differentiation...
March 18, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296232/inhibitors-of-soluble-epoxide-hydrolase-minimize-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-cardiac-damage-in-normal-hypertensive-and-diabetic-rats
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Oliul Islam, Prashanth Patil, Sumanta K Goswami, Rema Razdan, Mohammed N Inamdar, Mohammed Rizwan, Jubin Mathew, Bora Inceoglu, Kin S Stephen Lee, Sung H Hwang, Bruce D Hammock
AIM: We designed a study to evaluate the cardioprotective effect of two soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) inhibitors, 1-(1-propanoylpiperidin-4-yl)-3-(4-trifluoromethoxy)phenyl)urea (TPPU) and trans-4-{4-[3-(4-trifluoromethoxyphenyl)-ureido]cyclohexyloxy}benzoic acid (t-TUCB), in ischemia-reperfusion (IR) model. METHODS: Cardioprotective effects of the sEH inhibitors were evaluated against IR-induced myocardial damage in hearts from normal, hypertensive and diabetic rats using Langendorff's apparatus...
March 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296135/assessment-of-trans-aortic-pressure-gradient-using-a-coronary-pressure-wire-in-patients-with-mechanical-aortic-and-mitral-valve-prostheses
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Nisharahmed Kherada, Juan Carlos Brenes, Annapoorna S Kini, George D Dangas
Accurate evaluation of trans-aortic valvular pressure gradients is challenging in cases where dual mechanical aortic and mitral valve prostheses are present. Non-invasive Doppler echocardiographic imaging has its limitations due to multiple geometric assumptions. Invasive measurement of trans-valvular gradients with cardiac catheterization can provide further information in patients with two mechanical valves, where simultaneous pressure measurements in the left ventricle and ascending aorta must be obtained...
March 15, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287147/radiation-associated-circulatory-disease-mortality-in-a-pooled-analysis-of-77-275-patients-from-the-massachusetts-and-canadian-tuberculosis-fluoroscopy-cohorts
#9
Van Tran, Lydia B Zablotska, Alina V Brenner, Mark P Little
High-dose ionising radiation is associated with circulatory disease. Risks associated with lower-dose (<0.5 Gy) exposures remain unclear, with little information on risk modification by age at exposure, years since exposure or dose-rate. Tuberculosis patients in Canada and Massachusetts received multiple diagnostic x-ray fluoroscopic exposures, over a wide range of ages, many at doses <0.5 Gy. We evaluated risks of circulatory-disease mortality associated with <0.5 Gy radiation exposure in a pooled cohort of 63,707 patients in Canada and 13,568 patients in Massachusetts...
March 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285768/dynamic-role-of-trans-regulation-of-gene-expression-in-relation-to-complex-traits
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Chen Yao, Roby Joehanes, Andrew D Johnson, Tianxiao Huan, Chunyu Liu, Jane E Freedman, Peter J Munson, David E Hill, Marc Vidal, Daniel Levy
Identifying causal genetic variants and understanding their mechanisms of effect on traits remains a challenge in genome-wide association studies (GWASs). In particular, how genetic variants (i.e., trans-eQTLs) affect expression of remote genes (i.e., trans-eGenes) remains unknown. We hypothesized that some trans-eQTLs regulate expression of distant genes by altering the expression of nearby genes (cis-eGenes). Using published GWAS datasets with 39,165 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with 1,960 traits, we explored whole blood gene expression associations of trait-associated SNPs in 5,257 individuals from the Framingham Heart Study...
March 8, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279501/long-term-follow-up-after-trans-catheter-tricuspid-valve-in-valve-replacement-with-balloon-expandable-aortic-valves
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Roberto Scarsini, Mattia Lunardi, Gabriele Pesarini, Fausto Castriota, Mauro Feola, Valeria Ferrero, Giuseppe Faggian, Corrado Vassanelli, Flavio Ribichini
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter tricuspid VIV replacement has been proposed as a feasible option for high-risk patients with previous tricuspid valve replacement that undergo valve degeneration causing refractory heart failure. However, little is known about the long-term outcome of patients treated with transcatheter tricuspid VIV. We evaluate the safety of transcatheter tricuspid valve-in-valve (VIV) replacement by using balloon-expandable aortic valve stents and the long-term follow-up. METHODS AND RESULTS: From January 2013 to March 2016, 4 patients underwent transcatheter tricuspid VIV in our center using balloon-expandable Edwards Sapien-XT and Sapien-3 valves...
February 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271186/suv39h1-mediated-sirt1-trans-repression-contributes-to-cardiac-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Guang Yang, Xinjian Zhang, Xinyu Weng, Peng Liang, Xin Dai, Sheng Zeng, Huihui Xu, Hailin Huan, Mingming Fang, Yuehua Li, Dachun Xu, Yong Xu
Ischemic reperfusion (I/R) contributes to deleterious cardiac remodeling and heart failure. The deacetylase SIRT1 has been shown to protect the heart from I/R injury. We examined the mechanism whereby I/R injury represses SIRT1 transcription in the myocardium. There was accumulation of trimethylated histone H3K9 on the proximal SIRT1 promoter in the myocardium in mice following I/R injury and in cultured cardiomyocytes exposed to hypoxia-reoxygenation (H/R). In accordance, the H3K9 trimethyltransferase SUV39H1 bound to the SIRT1 promoter and repressed SIRT1 transcription...
May 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268304/cardiac-katp-channel-modulation-by-16hz-magnetic-fields-a-theoretical-study
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Yuval Aharonovich, Mickey Scheinowitz, Sharon Zlochiver
Heart exposure to 16Hz magnetic fields (MFs) was shown to be cardio-protective for diseased hearts; still, the mechanism of this effect is unknown. We hypothesize that a possible one mechanism is an increased trans-membrane KATP channel open probability due to modulation of the degree of dissociation between K+ ions, having a resonance frequency of 16Hz, and the channel selectivity filter. The Fan-Makielski Markovian KATP channel model was adopted, and the MF bio-effect was manifested by modulating the open probability of the channel using the predictive MF bio-effect parameter based on Binhi's quantum mechanics model...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260575/william-harvey-robert-willis%C3%A2-trans-jarrett-a-carty%C3%A2-ed-on-the-motion-of-the-heart-and-blood-in-animals-a-new-edition-of-william-harvey-s-exercitatio-anatomica-de-motu-cordis-et-sanguinis-in-animalibus-oregon-wipf-and-stock-publishers-2016-pp-%C3%A2-xi-95-17-00
#14
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258299/vasopressors-induce-passive-pulmonary-hypertension-by-blood-redistribution-from-systemic-to-pulmonary-circulation
#15
Chunling Jiang, Hong Qian, Shuhua Luo, Jing Lin, Jerry Yu, Yajiao Li, Qi An, Nanfu Luo, Lei Du
Vasopressors are widely used in resuscitation, ventricular failure, and sepsis, and often induce pulmonary hypertension with undefined mechanisms. We hypothesize that vasopressor-induced pulmonary hypertension is caused by increased pulmonary blood volume and tested this hypothesis in dogs under general anesthesia. In normal hearts (model 1), phenylephrine (2.5 μg/kg/min) transiently increased right but decreased left cardiac output, associated with increased pulmonary blood volume (63% ± 11.8, P = 0...
May 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248406/trans-catheter-aortic-valve-implantation-contemporary-practice-and-the-future
#16
Omar Aldalati, Philip MacCarthy, Rafał Dworakowski
With increasing life expectancy, the epidemic of valvular heart disease, especially aortic stenosis (AS), is becoming more prevalent. Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has emerged as an alternative therapy for patients with significant aortic valve disease. It offers a less invasive procedure in comparison to surgical aortic valve replacement (sAVR) and an attractive substitute from the patient's perspective. The evidence for TAVI in inoperable and high risk surgical patients is now established and in the intermediate risk group has been accumulating rapidly and is looking favourable for TAVI...
March 1, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235789/erbb-signaling-attenuates-pro-inflammatory-activation-of-non-classical-monocytes
#17
Sergey Ryzhov, Anton Matafonov, Cristi L Galindo, Qinkun Zhang, Truc-Linh Tran, Daniel P Lenihan, Carrie Geisberg Lenneman, Igor Feoktistov, Douglas B Sawyer
Immune activation in chronic systolic heart failure (HF) correlates with disease severity and prognosis. Recombinant neuregulin-1 (NRG-1) is being developed as a possible therapy for HF based on activation of ERBB receptors in cardiac cells. Work in animal models of HF led us to hypothesize that there may be direct effects of NRG-1 on immune system activation and inflammation. We investigated the expression of ERBB receptors and the effect of the recombinant NRG-1 isoform glial growth factor 2 (GGF2) in subpopulations of peripheral blood mononuclear cells in subjects with HF...
February 24, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228313/significant-intra-valvular-pressure-loss-across-epic-supra-and-perimount-magna-supra-annular-designed-aortic-bioprostheses-in-patients-with-normal-aortic-size
#18
Jagdish C Mohan, Vishwas Mohan, Madhu Shukla, Arvind Sethi
Doppler-derived trans-prosthetic gradients are higher and the estimated effective valve area is smaller than the catheter-derived and directly measured hemodynamic values, mostly due to pressure recovery phenomenon. Pressure recovery to a varying extent is common to all prosthetic heart valves including bioprostheses. Pressure recovery-related differences are usually small except in patients with bileaflet metallic prosthesis, wherein high-pressure local jets across central orifice have been documented since long back and also in patients with narrow aortic root...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228072/curcumin-and-endothelial-function-evidence-and-mechanisms-of-protective-effects
#19
Maryam Saberi Karimian, Matteo Pirro, Thomas P Johnston, Muhammed Majeed, Amirhossein Sahebkar
BACKGROUND: The endothelium is a large paracrine organ regulating cell growth, vascular tone and thrombogenicity as well as platelet and leukocyte interactions. Endothelial function can be assessed by non-invasive techniques [e.g. flow-mediated vasodilation, nitroglycerin-mediated dilation and pulse wave velocity] and measuring specific circulating biomarkers [cell adhesion molecules, endothelial microparticles and endothelial progenitor cells]. Impaired endothelial function plays a key role in the development of atherosclerosis, arterial hypertension, heart failure, ischemia-reperfusion injury, Alzheimer's disease and other conditions...
February 22, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227285/non-contact-real-time-estimation-of-intrapulmonary-pressure-and-tidal-volume-for-chronic-heart-failure-patients
#20
Vinh Phuc Tran, Adel Ali Al-Jumaily, Vinh Phuc Tran, Adel Ali Al-Jumaily, Vinh Phuc Tran, Adel Ali Al-Jumaily
Long-term continuous patient monitoring is required in many health systems for monitoring and analytical diagnosing purposes. It has been recognized that these types of monitoring systems have shortcomings related to patient comfort and/or functionality. Non-contact monitoring systems have been developed to address some of these shortcomings. One of such systems is non-contact physiological vital signs assessments for Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) patients. This paper presents a novel pulmonary ventilation model that defines the relationship between the intrapulmonary pressure and the chest displacement...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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